Hotel California Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany

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Cons

  • Basic rooms with sparse furnishings and no coffeemakers
  • Fee to use the single communal computer
  • Wi-Fi fees

Bottom Line

It's more about comfort than style at this 44-room boutique. The gorgeous lobby is perhaps the most lavish part of the hotel, with its marble and stone floors, intricate moldings, and ornate ceiling. Guest rooms, however, are disappointingly no-frills. Most are small and sparsely furnished, with few amenities. The mini-fridges are empty and some of the flat-screen TVs are tiny. A highlight is the quaint rooftop terrace equipped for dining and drinks. The hotel's main selling point is its prime locale, which is great for tourists. However, extra fees -- for anything from Internet access to eggs at breakfast -- detract from its value.

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 Location

Situated on a quiet, alley-like street that is a short walk from the iconic Duomo cathedral and the Galleria dell'Accademia

The Hotel California is tucked away on a quiet, alley-like street that is adjacent to a parking garage. It is in an ideal spot for scouting Florence's many tourist sites, with the iconic Duomo cathedral and famed Galleria dell'Accademia within close walking distance. Restaurants and theaters are also nearby, although be forewarned that the area around the hotel can seem especially dark at night.

Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.

  • 19-minute drive from Peretola Airport
  • 2- to 5-minute walk to nearby shops and restaurants
  • 5-minute walk to Galleria dell'Accademia, where Michelangelo's famous "David" statue is housed
  • 7-minute walk to the iconic Duomo cathedral
  • 7-minute walk to Teatro della Pergola
  • 8-minute walk to Piazza della Repubblica
  • 10-minute walk to Galleria Il Ponte contemporary art museum
  • 10-minute walk to Teatro Verdi
  • 10-minute walk to Palazzo Strozzi cultural center
  • 11-minute walk to designer shopping along Via de'Tornabuoni
  • 11-minute walk to Museo Marino Marini contemporary art museum
  • 11-minute walk to Museo dei Fratelli Alinari photography museum
  • 11-minute walk to Piazza della Signoria -- the political center of Florence
  • 12-minute walk to Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's town hall
  • 12-minute walk to Santa Maria Novella train station
  • 13-minute walk to the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
  • 13-minute walk to the Basilica di Santa Croce
  • 14-minute walk to the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio bridge
  • 9-minute drive to Giardini della Fortezza
  • 15-minute drive to Boboli Gardens

 Bottom Line

It's more about comfort than style at this 44-room boutique. The gorgeous lobby is perhaps the most lavish part of the hotel, with its marble and stone floors, intricate moldings, and ornate ceiling. Guest rooms, however, are disappointingly no-frills. Most are small and sparsely furnished, with few amenities. The mini-fridges are empty and some of the flat-screen TVs are tiny. A highlight is the quaint rooftop terrace equipped for dining and drinks. The hotel's main selling point is its prime locale, which is great for tourists. However, extra fees -- for anything from Internet access to eggs at breakfast -- detract from its value.

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Address

  • Via Ricasoli 30 Florence, FI 50122 Italy

Room Types

  • Double Room
  • Quad Room
  • Single Room
  • Triple Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 22
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Florence, Province of Florence
Address: Via Ricasoli 30 Florence, FI 50122 Italy
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